Gourmet Hotspots in Sydney, London & Hong Kong

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CHIPPENDALE, Sydney

Pushed out of the city centre by rising rentals, F&B entrepreneurs are calling this neighbourhood home. “Five years ago, it would have been considered a dangerous place,” says Christine Mansfield candidly. Now, it is home to hip, happy cafes such as bakery Brickfields, The House Specialty Coffee and Something for Jess, and chic joints like Ester Restaurant and Bar, The Chip Off the Old Block , and bar and smokehouse LP’s Quality Meats.

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Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Sai Ying Pun is becoming a super interesting neighbourhood, enthuses trendsetter Alan Lo. “It is similar to Sheung Wan five years ago!” Here, find a cosmopolitan mix of establishments ranging from French bistro Metropolitain, Italian restaurant La Viola and Fuku Robatayaki & Kaki to hip joints like Taco Chaca, Awakening Cafe and BBQ (129-133 Third St).

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Peckham, Clapton, Whitechapel, London

“Peckham is on the up, but is still largely ugly,” says Kevin Gould quite plainly of this neighbourhood dominated by money-transfer outposts and beauty salons. “However, Franks Cafe & Campari Bar is fun; Italian restaurant Artusi is seriously good; tapas bar Peckham Refreshment Rooms is worth a visit; and modern British restaurant Pedler is excellent.”

Clapton is another gourmet district on the rise. “Pacific Social Club is good for food; and self-consciously dressed youth with jobs in media will enjoy Windsor Castle Pub (135 Lower Clapton Rd),” Gould says.

“Whitechapel still offers mostly Bangladeshi ethnic cuisine and you should join the queue at Tayyab’s or Needoo for excellent lamb. Smart gallery restaurant Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room is good; Chez Elles Bistroquet is an almost-ironic authentic bistro; and Copita del Mercato serves up top tapas,” he says.

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